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28/07/2021

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final
Cummins The Hero As Tipp Retain Title

Tipperary 2-17 Waterford 0-16

Big Match At A Glance

Big Match At A Glance

Teams and Scorers

Tipperary: B Cummins, C O’Brien, P Curran, M Cahill 0-1, T Stapleton, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher 0-1 , B Maher, S McGrath 0-1, P Bourke 0-2, Patrick Maher, L Corbett, B O’Meara 0-2, J O’Brien 1-3, N McGrath 0-3. Subs: E Kelly 0-3 for P Bourke; S Bourke 1-1 for B O’Meara; D Maher for T Stapleton; S Callanan for N McGrath.

Waterford: S O’Keeffe, N Connors, L Lawlor, S Daniels, T Browne, M Walsh, K Moran, S Molumphy 0-1, Philip Mahony, Pauric Mahony 0-1, S Prendergast, M Shanahan 0-8, J Mullane 0-3, S Walsh 0-2, G O’Brien. Subs: E Kelly 0-1 for G O’Brien; P O’Brien for Pauric Mahony; J Nagle for T Browne; M O’Neill for S Walsh.

Attendance: 26,438

Scoreline: Tipperary 2-17 Waterford 2-16

Wides: Tipperary11 Waterford11

Yellow Cards: Tipperary 2 (Paul Curran, Conor O’Mahony) Waterford 1(Michael Walsh)

Red Cards: None

Frees Awarded: Tipperary 7 Waterford 15

Best Score: John O’Brien’s 12th minute point after taking a low ball in full flight and lofting it over the bar, over his right hand shoulder. Super score which tied the match at the time.

Key Moment: Shane Bourke’s first touch in the 18th minute as he reacted quickest to a breaking ball from an Eoin Kelly free, and swept the sliothar to the back of the Waterford net to give Tipp a five point advantage.

Man of the Match: Brendan Cummins – made some super saves and kept Tipperary in the game - his 70th appearance in the championship for his county.

Management Watch: Eoin Kelly and Shane Bourke both contributed when introduced – Kelly’s introduction perhaps surprised at the time. Allowing Lar Corbett to roam freely worked a treat. Another decent outing for Declan and co. Michael Ryan, as genuine a GAA man as exists, will take much from Waterford’s display, but will rue the missed chances.

Referee Watch: Cathal McAllister in his first Munster Final at senior level made a few very strange decisions. Waterford won more that twice the amount of frees than Tipperary – a stat which had Tipp fans venting their anger on a number of occasions. Still, overall the Cork official had a good game with only four cards issued on the day.

Weather Watch: Tipp reigned on the day but Cork rained for most of the day, apart from some of senior game, amazingly enough. Typical Irish summer – rather untypical of Munster Final day though with difficult underfoot catching a lot of players.

What Next: Tipp await their opponents in the All-Ireland semi-final on August 19th. Waterford must go the quarter final route.

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